Happy Tuesday, blossoms! It’s time for my favorite day of the week, #TeachMeTuesday! Let’s learn!
I knew that I wanted to post this for a long time and I spent HOURS yesterday trying to find this post because I love it so much.
Disordered eating behaviors and eating disorders are so sneaky in our society, and despite all of our resources, people still think eating disorders = emaciated fashion models. I don’t have to tell you all how problematic that is, but I also sometimes need this wake up call. Eating disorders can present themselves in so many different ways and manifest in so many different symptoms.
Some people who have eating disorders will never be diagnosed, whether they fit the DSM-5 criteria or not. Even still, some people who have ED will not receive treatment, whether that’s due to personal choice or lack of resources. Some people have eating disorders that don’t fit neatly into the three most often diagnosed ones. Some people will be open and some will never talk about their struggles. Each persons’ relationship with their ED is complex and terrifying to them in a way that we often cannot understand.
I hope that this expanded your world view of ED a little bit! My main takeaway is that you’ll never be able to tell from looking at someone if they have an ED, so let’s be kind and treat everyone with empathy, love, and respect 🌸💕